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Ephemera: June’s Full Moon. The Moon Of Horses : Tadgh guest post

June 17, 2019

Ephemera: June’s Full Moon. The Moon Of Horses

 

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…This one will be in its fullness on Monday, 17 June 2019, in the constellation of Sagittarius, low in the south-southern-eastern sky in the northern hemisphere.

Some will know this full moon as the Strawberry moon, to me and the ancient and latter-day Celts and Druids it is the Moon of Horses, to Wiccans many call is the Dyad Moon, and the Chinese people call it the Lotus Moon. In the southern hemisphere where the seasons are switched this full moon is known as the Oak Moon, Cold Moon, or the Long Night’s Moon.

The moon is a silver pin-head vast, that holds the heaven’s tent-hangings fast. -William R. Alger, ‘The Use of the Moon’

The moon was so important to ancient cultures, and even so today to those who understand, or revere nature and the old ways. But, whatever name you call it, the full moon is a time for celebration: perhaps by walking in the light of the full moon (and have you ever seen your moon-shadow?) and pondering its awesomeness, raising a glass of wine to its glory, meditating on the Moon-Giver, or reciting liturgy or a poem in its honour…

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If you go to Tadgh’s blog, he has shared one of his own poems to the goddess Arianrhod …

Ephemera: June’s Full Moon. The Moon Of Horses

I am a lunar person myself, and my Grove rituals reflect this frequently.   Because it lies so near to the Solstice, this June moon feels extra significant and joyous.

Lately I found an excellent book called Moon Phase Astrology, by Raven Kaldera (Destiny Books 2011).   He carefully explains three different ways of relating to lunar phases before delving into the significance of each, including the ‘moon-shadows’ imparted by major planetary aspects to the moon.

         1.   Most online tools will use an Astronomical method, where the four primary phases of the Moon (New, 1st Quarter, Full, Last Quarter) are specific instants in time, and the waxing and waning phases describe the entirety of the transition between primary phases…

             2.   The Astrological method of moon phase calculation divides the lunar cycle into eight equal parts approx. 3.7 days long.  The four primary phases begin at the precise instant of the astronomical moon phase, and the waxing and waning phases begin exactly halfway between… if you were born even a few minutes before the moon was at its fullest, then from an astrological perspective you were born under the Gibbous Moon….

     3. To many people, this astrological method doesn’t feel quite right.  They may consider the Full Moon to be the three days when the moon looks the fullest. This can be called the Natural method of moon phase calculation, where the moon is considered to be in each phase for a day or so on either side of the Astronomical moon phase, and there isn’t a specific moment when the phase changes from Gibbous to Full, or Full to Disseminating…

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If he were also covering Vedic astrology of the Moon, he’d find yet another method of division. Chandra, the Moon God, has 27 feminine consorts, known as Nakshatras, who correspond to the phases of the Moon.

List of Nakshatras   

Chinese astrology referred to this division of  a lunar month as the 28 Mansions of the Moon.  They further assigned the lunar month to four quarters of the sky, each associated with a color, much as Native Americans assigned colors to the four directions.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Twenty-Eight_Mansions

 

The story of balance between the solar and lunar calendars in the civilization we find ourselves in today is  complicated still more if we try to pin down our Moon , with all its affinity for our lymph and our liquids,  to such precise measures.  Whatever system we may use to differentiate one Moon from the next, it will also have to obviously correspond to the moon we are seeing and feeling NOW, in the present moment.

This one is in Sagittarius,  mutable fire, scholar and explorer, centaur with bow and nocked arrow.  The week is only beginning, but we run forward as day by day the Sun reaches the Longest Day at its end, and Moon wanes into the background once again, veiled by the shadow of Earth.

Endings and beginnings are constant.  Which one is now happening to you?  Probably both.

 

 

 

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Frog Princess

June 1, 2019

Hodophilia

It was Fluffy who came out to fish this evening. I could tell it was she because she is a darker green than the others.  Besides I had heard Eric rarking in the garage earlier , and I also happened to catch a glimpse of Gollum sitting at the entrance of his pipe.  I sat and watched as  usual.  I reminded Fluffy of the potential evolutionary consequences of eating one’s own kin.  She must have taken my lecture to heart because she caught only Gambusia  all evening.

I noted, searching with my torch, that there were still at least five fat tadpoles swimming round in the pond, and definitely there was one for sure that was almost a frog.

Eric called a couple of times more from the garage, and then there was a great metallic crash, followed by an embarrassed silence.  I hastened to see what had happened. Behind the garage door, leaning…

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Recover health, hope and happiness with the help of trees — guest post

May 7, 2019

Druid Life

This blog is inspired by the principles of the Tree Charter – find out more about it and how to get involved, here – https://treecharter.uk/

There’s no doubt about it that time with trees improves our mental health. They offer a great deal of good to our bodies as well – cleaning air, cooling urban environments and rural ones alike, holding moisture in the soil. Having trees makes for good human habitat. They protect us from excess sun and thus from skin cancer.

Re-greening a landscape is a reliable way of giving people hope. A dead, dry landscape doesn’t support life and offers humans nothing – except the drama of exposed soil. A green landscape can feed and shelter us, give us respite from the weather and blesses us with beauty. In most parts of the world, planting trees is the way to overcome environmental degradation. We have to plant…

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STOP ECOCIDE: CHANGE THE LAW -guest post

April 26, 2019

https://rosher.net/2019/04/26/stopecocide-change-the-law/stopecocide1https://www.stopecocide.earth/

Libra Full Moon Equinox 2019!

March 20, 2019
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face of rainbow trout by Mike Savlen

https://helgaleena.wordpress.com/2017/03/13/march-vernal-equinox-2017/

Wow.   According to the astrologers I follow,  we are being delivered to ourselves in brand new packaging with brand new paths ahead.    Spring floods are very bad in Nebraska.  I remember springs like that near here, where the ditches were suddenly full of carp.  Luckily the Grove had no basement, being moved to the top of a hill.

In the Four Lakes, it is time for the Muskies to spawn in tiny streams as they have for ages, huge five foot long fish at our feet on the foot bridge near the zoo.

Since it’s a full moon, it is time for celebrants and ceremony.  Spring cleaning leads to giveaways.  Problems that float to the surface, that the melting snow reveals, can now be faced.  Pledge and praise and sing because the new season is here, even if it may not show anywhere but in our hearts.

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https://helgaleena.wordpress.com/2018/03/01/spring-cleaning-yoga-2/

 

https://earthfirstjournal.org/newswire/2019/03/18/worldwide-over-a-million-students-left-school-friday-to-demand-action-on-climate-change/new-zealand

guest re-post: Herman Hesse on trees

February 3, 2019

Herman Hesse on trees  

When a tree is cut down and reveals its naked death-wound to the sun, one can read its whole history in the luminous, inscribed disk of its trunk: in the rings of its years, its scars, all the struggle, all the suffering, all the sickness, all the happiness and prosperity stand truly written, the narrow years and the luxurious years, the attacks withstood, the storms endured. And every young farmboy knows that the hardest and noblest wood has the narrowest rings, that high on the mountains and in continuing danger the most indestructible, the strongest, the ideal trees grow.

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient law of life.

A tree says: A kernel is hidden in me, a spark, a thought, I am life from eternal life. The attempt and the risk that the eternal mother took with me is unique, unique the form and veins of my skin, unique the smallest play of leaves in my branches and the smallest scar on my bark. I was made to form and reveal the eternal in my smallest special detail.

A tree says: My strength is trust. I know nothing about my fathers, I know nothing about the thousand children that every year spring out of me. I live out the secret of my seed to the very end, and I care for nothing else. I trust that God is in me. I trust that my labor is holy. Out of this trust I live. When we are stricken and cannot bear our lives any longer, then a tree has something to say to us: Be still! Be still! Look at me! Life is not easy, life is not difficult. Those are childish thoughts. Let God speak within you, and your thoughts will grow silent. You are anxious because your path leads away from mother and home. But every step and every day lead you back again to the mother. Home is neither here nor there. Home is within you, or home is nowhere at all.

A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening. If one listens to them silently for a long time, this longing reveals its kernel, its meaning. It is not so much a matter of escaping from one’s suffering, though it may seem to be so. It is a longing for home, for a memory of the mother, for new metaphors for life. It leads home. Every path leads homeward, every step is birth, every step is death, every grave is mother.

So the tree rustles in the evening, when we stand uneasy before our own childish thoughts: Trees have long thoughts, long-breathing and restful, just as they have longer lives than ours. They are wiser than we are, as long as we do not listen to them. But when we have learned how to listen to trees, then the brevity and the quickness and the childlike hastiness of our thoughts achieve an incomparable joy. Whoever has learned how to listen to trees no longer wants to be a tree. He wants to be nothing except what he is. That is home. That is happiness.

~ Hermann Hesse

via Philip Carr-Gomm

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Be more than a visitor: Philip Carr-Gomm guest post

January 23, 2019

I was saddened to hear about the death of the poet Mary Oliver this week. Her poetry so beautifully explores the connection between the human and natural world, reminding us that there is no separation, that nature is our home in the deepest, most spiritual sense. I read a wonderful quote in the Independent that comes from her book of essays, Long Life. In it, she says of herself,

In my outward appearance and life habits I hardly change — there’s never been a day that my friends haven’t been able to say, and at a distance, ‘There’s Oliver, still standing around in the weeds. There she is, still scribbling in her notebook’.
But, at the center: I am shaking; I am flashing like tinsel.

This speaks so brilliantly of her skill to help us glimpse the extraordinary in the seemingly ordinary, both within us and around us; to crack open our dull vision and shine a light upon the magic of this world, enabling us to feel more intimately and powerfully a part of life. The body of work she has left us, is a true gift.

When Death Comes

When death comes
like the hungry bear in autumn;
when death comes and takes all the bright coins from his purse

to buy me, and snaps the purse shut;
when death comes
like the measle-pox

when death comes
like an iceberg between the shoulder blades,

I want to step through the door full of curiosity, wondering:
what is it going to be like, that cottage of darkness?

And therefore I look upon everything
as a brotherhood and a sisterhood,
and I look upon time as no more than an idea,
and I consider eternity as another possibility,

and I think of each life as a flower, as common
as a field daisy, and as singular,

and each name a comfortable music in the mouth,
tending, as all music does, toward silence,

and each body a lion of courage, and something
precious to the earth.

When it’s over, I want to say all my life
I was a bride married to amazement.
I was the bridegroom, taking the world into my arms.

When it’s over, I don’t want to wonder
if I have made of my life something particular, and real.

I don’t want to find myself sighing and frightened,
or full of argument.

I don’t want to end up simply having visited this world.

~ Mary Oliver

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https://www.philipcarr-gomm.com/be-more-than-a-visitor/

 

 

Weather Manipulation prayer

January 9, 2019

“Source Creator, please, for the highest and best good of all concerned, raise up all humans, extraterrestrials and dark spirits involved in interference and/or manipulation of the Earth’s weather, atmosphere, geology and any other systems with the intention of harming humanity in any way. Block and prevent all such attacks and return the energy to the sender as Divine Love. Please give these beings a change of heart.

Protect all Earth systems that support the care and feeding of humans, animals and plants from diminishment, contamination, manipulation, alteration, and weaponization on an ongoing basis.

In addition, conduct an individual session for each of the beings involved, beginning with the being of greatest dark influence and control over others, as frequently as possible, to bring the full power of Divine Healing to each perpetrator until each experiences a change of heart. Bring Ultimate Divine Protection, Support, Guidance and Healing to all parties involved regarding these issues.

Link this entire prayer to a code word I designate as ______, so that every time I say this code word, the entire prayer request is made, including its indefinite repetitions. Thank you.”

Gifford Bernie Teeple

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Thinking like a Swamp Thing? Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics (Part 2)

December 16, 2018

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Reading Super Heroes Politically

This is the second of a three part post about the politics and philosophic aspects of Alan Moore’s run on Swamp Thing. If you missed the first part you can find it here. These posts are all part of a rough draft I wrote for a conference and any comments or feedback would really helpful in moving forward.


Thinking like a Swamp Thing: Developing a Plant Politics and Ethics

With Swamp Thing’s human foundation removed by Alan Moore the character becomes, as Colin Beinke notes, an example of the Green Man literary trope. The Green Man is a folklore character that represents the struggle of the natural world against the destructive tide of civilization. Examples of the Green Man are: Dionysus, Pan, Jack-in-the-green, the Green Knight and most recently, the Jolly Green Giant. As Beinke states, “…the Green Man is ‘adopted’ by the cultural imagination of each subsequent ‘society and…

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reclaimthelaw : The Duty of Care– guest post

December 12, 2018

via reclaimthelaw

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…The British Government is voted in, and paid, by the British People to serve the best interests of the British People. To this end therefore the Government is the servant of the British People, and the People are the Masters of the Government.

It is UNLAWFUL for a master to employ a servant to commit a reckless act (the vicarious responsibility of a master for the act of a servant); so if the British Government is reckless in it’s duty of care for the environment, then it is unlawful for the British People to employ -i.e. pay tax to- the Government as long as the Government continues to be reckless.

Our intention is not to persuade people to withhold their taxes (desirable as that may be to a great many of us); to do so would hardly be seen as reasonable, prudent and well intentioned.

It is our intention to inform the people of this country of the facts and thereby to exert as much political pressure as we may upon the Government to cease their apparent recklessness…

…There is a Universal Law of social behaviour which always applies, to any group of creatures, at any time; in the past, and in the present, and in the future; in any place, in any possible universe.

The Universal Law is quite simply that any creatures living in a group do not, as a general rule, injure each other.

If the members of a group injure each other, then that group will get smaller and smaller, until, at the end, if the members continue to injure eachother, there is only one creature left, which is not a group . . .

…In British Law today there is a “Duty of Care” which states that:

“YOU MUST TAKE REASONABLE CARE

TO AVOID ACTS OR OMISSIONS,

WHICH YOU CAN REASONABLY FORESEE,

WOULD BE LIKELY TO INJURE YOUR NEIGHBOUR “

This reasonable standard of care,

as outlined in the “Duty of Care” above,

is applied to all persons in the UK

including the Government, the Bankers,

and the Legal System itself…

THE DUTY OF CARE APPLIED TO Unnecessary Unreasonable Environmental Damage & Destruction

Bearing in mind the huge increase in public awareness of UUEDD over the last five or ten years, it is no longer possible for anyone in a position of responsibility to claim that they are unaware of the threat of UUEDD to the nation’s (not to mention the planet’s) well-being and security.

Therefore, any acts or omissions leading to further UUEDD, committed by person(s) in positions of responsibility are done in the full knowledge that such acts and omissions are already injuring all of us, on a massive scale, physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually.

THEREFORE ANY ACTS OR OMISSIONS LEADING TO FURTHER UUEDD

COMMITTED BY PERSONS IN POSITIONS OF RESPONSIBILITY

ARE RECKLESS AND

CRIMINAL.

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